Where We start

Jiu Jitsu is not infinitely complicated. There are just a few key variables. Jiu Jitsu, however, is not the variables. It’s skill in creating order from them.

At Zenyo, we train in a way to maximize skill. We use the best ideas from continuously developing learning research to guide our practice. What you get is a different approach to Jiu Jitsu that brings out the best in each individual.

“If you fight, you might not always win. But if you don’t fight, you will always lose.” 


In practice, we aim to make each repetition different and avoid correction of “errors.” Movement corrections are known to lead to overthinking and slower progress. You develop stronger skills — adaptable, diverse and robust — by focusing on doing things differently rather than just repeating the same thing, the same way. Research shows this style, called differential learning, to be more effective than traditional or discovery-based training.

Jiu Jitsu At Zenyo Baltimore

On the arm: Sarah, in position, holding the arm with Terrence. From here, Sarah is able to hyperextend the elbow.

Jiu Jitsu At Zenyo Baltimore

On the back: Mike in place holding the back with Andy. From here, Mike is able to apply a choke.

Jiu Jitsu At Zenyo Baltimore

On the shoulder (triangle): Aine holding the shoulder with Brooks. From here, Aine is able to apply a choke, or hyperextend the elbow.

On the leg: Aliana holding the leg with Isa. From here, Aliana is able to hyperextend the ankle.

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